Open to all DiversCity in Law attendees, our mentoring scheme will connect you with an LGBTQ+ lawyer or senior business services person from one of the 18 participating law firms. Let’s go into more detail about what’s involved and why having a mentor is an unmissable opportunity.
By attending DiversCity in Law, you’ll have already gained a great understanding of the legal sector and what it’s like being an LGBTQ+ City lawyer. The event will also have given you the chance to work out what sort of mentoring support you’d value most. So once you tell us why you’d like to be mentored and what you’d like to get out of the scheme, we’ll connect you with a suitable mentor.
Having been paired up with a mentor, you’ll get in touch with them to arrange a meeting – whether that’s over the phone or in person. This is the time to discuss what you want to get out of the mentoring scheme and how you believe your mentor can best help you. Put simply, you’ll create an action plan together. Then going forward, any future meetings will be focused on how to help you realise your goals and ambitions.
Remember that you’re the one driving this mentoring relationship forward. It’s you who’ll need to arrange meetings, communicate with your mentor and prepare for your one-to-ones to make sure you get the most out of the scheme.
There are a few things that we look for in our mentees. You’ll need to:
Remember, you need to have attended the DiversCity in Law event to apply for the mentoring scheme. Please also note that mentors will not share confidential information in relation to their firms’ recruitment processes, and this scheme won’t guarantee you access to a vacation scheme, training contract or similar.
It’s all well and good us telling you about the positive things you could get out of the mentoring scheme. But there’s nothing better than hearing it from those who’ve experienced it for themselves.
My mentor’s input, encouragement and belief were key to helping me achieve this huge first step in my professional career…the mentoring program has proved the most valuable resource for me in reaching my goals and having the necessary support along the way.
My mentor has been outstanding in helping with my anxiety about applications, interviews and general confidence issues. He has helped to identify key areas of improvement, as well as helping to build a strategy for my future career. Not only that, he’s helped me realise my career ambitions and how to motivate myself forward even with unsuccessful applications and several rejections.